FELIX CARR: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, EXCEPT WHEN YOU CAN'T
9-12 DEC 2021
The works speak a language of contradiction. Toying with indeterminate spaces, interstices, distillations, slippery subjectivities, they yo-yo. Colour and line perform in a burlesque of hippy colourscapes, sickly still lifes, weirdo fantasies, bad dreams. Playing with the legacy of gestural abstraction, I explore the possibilities that lay in a ‘collective’ visual memory. Whatever that means. Everything is an ode to the thing that came before it. Can you picture it? Just before it goes. Trick of the light. The brief flash of a distant spark over the cold Atlantic. Creativity requires some plotting, but the coordinates have already been laid out, you just need to kick off the dust.
Employing motifs from the art historical canon, I am slowly building an archive of gestures, works that contain space and time. They are poetry, they are the dead suns that rock your eyelids, they are holograms, they don’t like talking.
I make things, I enjoy the process. The work responds, it treats me well. If it treats me badly, I nail it to the wall. Paintings are good like that.
I play with appearances; classifications of subjective and objective utility. There is value in the throwaway, the recycled image, the palimpsest. Cannibalising a wealth of physical and emotional disposables, the work celebrates failed and future possibility. They are accumulative, layered; they are exuberant in their filmy skin. Phosphoric pores, oozing. I use painting to poke holes in certainty. If that sounds expressionist, then that’s what you can call it.
History is nothing more than the synthesis and mulching of a higher system. If we do it well, we might grow flowers.
About the artist
Felix Carr b.1993 graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and has exhibited across the UK and Europe, with solo and group shows in Düsseldorf, Lille, London, Edinburgh and Bristol.
Solo exhibitions include The Fourth Part of the First Chapter: A Focus on Health and Wellbeing at Soho Revue, London (2019), An Arrow Through My Bathroom Window, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf (2019) and Only My Right Hand Is Mine, Public Gallery, London (2018).
Selected group exhibitions include No Time Like The Present, Public Gallery, London (2020), Art In Healthcare, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, (2019), Full Circle, Lauderdale House, London (2018), Self Storage, Ridgeway Road, London (2017), New Scottish Artists, DRAF, London and RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2017).